Effective traditional Chinese medicines to beat Covid-19 | Sunday Observer

Effective traditional Chinese medicines to beat Covid-19

31 January, 2021

The whole world is haunted by the dark shadows of the Covid-19. Surprisingly, China better known for its longest history of ancient medicine was the known birthplace of this global pandemic. At present scientists and researchers are racing to discover a medicine to save millions of human lives.

It is evident that there is an accumulative attention paid to the  traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) for beating the  Covid-19 virus.  According to the theoretical system of TCM, the material basis of the human body is named as essence, spirit, blood and body fluids. In addition, the viscera of the body and its manifestation are named as zang xiang in Mandarin. The structures that hold the physical basis of the body and connect the viscera are called meridians and collaterals, vessel and trijiao. 

Taking the human body as a whole, the body function is a delicate and dynamic balance. According to TCM when the homeo-stasis is broken and the regulatory ability is out of control,  the diseases can occur. In 2003, TCM occupied a vital role during the SARS epidemic. Moreover, even history reveals that TCM  for infectious diseases possesses a long history. If we wish to have a striking instance it is not sensible to lose sight of Chinese Acupuncture.

According to clinical studies, acupuncture therapies include different treatments such as acupuncture, moxibustion, electro acupuncture, fire needle acupuncture, acupoint injection and auricular point therapy. The famous doctor named Sun Simiao in the Tang Dynasty put forward in his book titled, ‘Beiji Qianjinyao Fang’  that those who travel to the areas affected by infectious diseases have to undergo the moxibustion- acupuncture so that they will not be infected by malaria and warm malaria. In addition, a famous physician named Li Shi Zhen in the Ming dynasty had suggested in his book ‘Compendium of materia medicine’ that Moxibustion- acupuncture can smooth the meridian patency, cure hundreds of diseases, and recure people who suffer from long-term illness.

According to statements made by ancient doctors acupuncture can prevent infectious diseases. However, the main objective of TCM is strengthening the immunity of the humans. It is evident that the acupuncture had been widely used to relieve breathlessness and possible symptoms, e.g. anxiety disorders , nausea , insomnia, leukopenia, fatigue, abdominal pain and so on.  Moreover, it can be pointed out that  during the outbreak of Covid -19, acupuncture- moxibustion had been recommended by the scientists for Covid-19 patients. According to clinical researches, acupuncture can improve the function of lungs, strengthen the immunity and remove residual virus.Other traditional Chinese medicines such as Jinhua Qinggan Granule, Lianhua Qingwen Capsule, Xuebijing, Qingfei Paidu Decoction, Huashi Baidu Formula, and Xuanfei Baidu Formula can be  considered to be ‹the three TCM prescriptions and three medicines›  that act as a  group of effective therapeutics against Covid-19 in China.

Jinhua Qinggan Granule

Jinhua Qinggan granule is proven to be a patented Chinese formulation which was developed for the treatment of influenza A (H1N1) in 2009. It consists of 12 Chinese medicines including Jin Yin Hua (Flos Lonicerae), Bo He (Menthae Haplocalycis Herba), and Gan Cao (Glycyrrhizae Radix), etc. The studies have pointed out that Jinhua Qinggan in combination with routine treatment could significantly and rapidly improve not only the symptoms including fever, cough, fatigue, and expectoration but also the patient scores on the Hamilton anxiety scale. According to the findings , Jinhua Qinggan Granule was selected in the ‘Diagnosis and Treatment Protocol’ for Covid19 global pandemic.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that Jinghua has possessed  significant therapeutic effect on the clinical symptoms in mild Covid19 patients, such as fever, cough, fatigue, and expectoration.

Lianhua Qingwen Capsule

According to clinical researches the Lianhua Qingwen Capsule exhibits broadspectrum antiviral effects and it has been composed of Lianqiao (Forsythiae Fructus), Jinyinhua (Loni cerae Japonicae Flos), Zhi Mahuang ( Ephedrae Herba), Mianmaguanzhong (Dryopteridis Crassirhizom atis Rhizoma), Ban Lan Gen (Isatis Radix), Shigao (Gyp sum Fibrosum), Bohenao (Menthol), Guanghuoxiang (Pogostemonis Herba), Hongjingtian (Rhodiolae Crenu latae Radix et Rhizoma), Yuxingcao (Houttuyniae Herba), Dahuang (Rhei Radix et Rhizoma), Chao Kuxingren (Processed Armeniacae Semen Amarum) and Gancao (Glycyrrhizae Radix et Rhizoma) and so on.

Xubijing  played a vital role in adjusting and strengthening the immunity of the human body. Xuebijing (XBJ), a traditional Chinese medicine  injection approved by the China FDA  activates blood circulation to dissipate blood stasis, eliminating pathogenic heat from the blood and degrading toxins.

Qingfei Paidu Decoction

Qingfei Paidu Decoction (QFPD) is regarded as one of the recommended Chinese medicine prescriptions. Qingfei Paidu Decoction is a traditional Chinese medicine compound first created by Zhang Zhongjing. It is composed of Ma Xing Shi Gan Decoction, She Gan Ma Huang Decoction, Xiao Chai Hu Decoction, and Wu Ling San.

Herba Ephedrae, Radix Glycyrrhizae, Semen Armeniacae Amarum, Gypsum Fibrosum, Ramulus Cinnamomi, Rhizoma Alismatis, Polyporus Umbellatus, Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae, Poria, Radix Bupleuri, Radix Scutellariae, Rhizome Pinelliae Preparata, Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens, Radix Asteris, Flos Farfarae, Rhizoma Belamcandae, Herba Asari, Rhizoma Dioscoreae, Fructus Aurantii Immaturus, Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae, and Herba Pogostemonis . In terms of modern pharmacological analysis, the prescription has multiple functions of antiviral, anti-inflammatory, immune regulation, and antipyretic. No doubt that It has also been clinically proven to have a good effect on Covid-19.

The Huashi Baidu

The Huashi Baidu Decoction is composed of  Ma Huang (Herba Ephedrae), Xing Ren (Armeniacae Semen), Shi Gao (Gypsum Fibrosum), Huo Xiang (Pogostemonis Herba), Hou Po (Magnoliae offici- nalis Cortex), and Da Huang (Rhei Radix et Rhizoma). This prescription is capable of strengthening the immunity against viral infections, reducing inflammation, and enhancing immunity.

Thus, the Huashi Baidu decoction has been proven to be  suitable for treating patients exhibiting mild, moderate, and severe symptoms of Covid-19.

Clinical studies have confirmed that this formulation can be effective as a multi-target comprehensive treatment regimen in SARS-positive patients as well.

Xuanfei Baidu formula

 Xuanfei Baidu was created on the basis of classic decoction formulae which includes Maxing Shigan, Maxing Yigan, Tingli Dazao Xiefei, and Qianjin Weijing. , It includes 13 Chinese herbal medicines such as Ma Huang (Ephedrae Herba), Xing Ren (Armeniacae Semen), Shi Gao (Gypsum Fibrosum), Huo Xiang (Pogostemonis Herba), and Qing Hao (Artemisiae annuae Herba), etc

Xuanfei Baidu was proven to be effective on the treatment of mild and moderating the cases of Covid-19. Clinical researches have demonstrated that this formula effectively shortens the improvement time of clinical symptoms and temperature spikes.

Given these descriptions of the capabilities of such traditional Chinese medicines, we hope that 2021 will be the victorious year in which Covid-19 is finally beaten.